The little-known energy source you need to know about
It turns out one of the keys to maintaining energy as we age is a powerful antioxidant found in every single cell of our bodies. With the unusual name “Ubiquinol.”
The bad news is it depletes as we get older, which is why we might start feeling lacklustre and tired.
The good news is it’s available in supplement form, which could be the answer to some of our energy prayers.
What exactly is Ubiquinol?
Put simply, Ubiquinol is the active or “converted” form of CoQ10, a fat-soluble, vitamin-like substance that helps convert food into energy.
A powerful antioxidant that protects against damage from toxic free radicals, CoQ10 is also found in much smaller doses in foods like liver, sardines, mackerel, cauliflower, broccoli and asparagus.
Even when we’re sedentary, everything that’s going on in our cells requires an incredible amount of energy exchange.
The Ubiquinol form of CoQ10 plays a critical role in creating most of this cellular energy, research shows.
Where is Ubiquinol found in our bodies and how long does it last?
Higher concentrations of Ubiquinol are found in energy-intensive organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys, brain and muscles.
Ageing and lifestyle stresses mean our levels start to decline from around 30 years of age, along with our ability to convert conventional CoQ10 (also known as ubiquinone) to Ubiquinol.
As our bodies produce less and less, we may end up feeling less energetic and more fatigued.
What else affects our ability to produce Ubiquinol?
Certain health conditions and the use of cholesterol-lowering statins can also decrease the body’s production of CoQ10 and Ubiquinol.
Ubiquinol supplements are becoming increasingly popular with the 30-plus age group, and with athletes, because they’re readily absorbed and don’t need to be further converted by our bodies.
Other benefits of Ubiquinol
Other health benefits of Ubiquinol may include:
Helping to prevent damage in our bodies caused by oxidative stress
Studies have shown that as one of the most powerful, fat-soluble antioxidants we produce, ubiquinol helps to protect our cells from the damage caused by free radicals, reducing the risk of conditions like cardiovascular disease.
Promoting heart health
As well as its antioxidant properties, Ubiquinol helps to maintain a healthy heart by providing the cellular energy to keep it pumping well, a crucial role in our number one hardest working organ.
Providing cholesterol support
It assists healthy adults maintain safe cholesterol levels and has been shown to be effective in restoring the CoQ10 that statins can deplete over time.
Assisting with male fertility
Several studies have found Ubiquinol not only protects sperm cells from oxidative damage but also improves sperm count and may play a role in sperm cell energy production.
There’s no doubt there’s going to be lots of focus on this powerful nutrient as time goes on and we learn more about what it’s capable of.
While we can’t do anything about ageing, we can make changes to the way we do it.
Along with eating healthily, exercising and staying social – Ubiquinol may be just the ally we need!
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